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Woven in Moonlight

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  208 reviews
A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Page Street Books
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It’s a stand alone, but there may be a companion novel set in the same world and starring a side character coming! Stay tuned! :)…more
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Isabel Ibañez
Sep 24, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone!

I don't spend a lot of time on Goodreads but as WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT heads out into the world, I wanted to quickly mention a few things!

First, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT is a standalone, but the Inkasisa world is expansive so I imagine there might be a few stories I can still hope to write! The next book set in this world is WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT, and while the story takes place directly after the events of WIM, it can be read on it's own—though you might enjoy it more if you read them in
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2020
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And the below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.

Inspired by Bolivian culture and history, Isabel Ibañez spins a glittering and richly drawn story in her young adult fantasy debut, Woven in Moonlight. A tale of revolution, loyalty, and identity, it begins with a shaky show of leadership by heroine Ximena Rojas, giving her questions about her ability to rule over her people, the displaced Illustrians.

Her self-doubt has roots.
✨ A ✨
Jan 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
I don't care how shallow this makes me but I need this book in my life just for that beautiful cover ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
Ximena can weave moonlight into lush tapestries of wool, and sometimes they come to life. When her people need her to infiltrate the enemy's kingdom to take down the false king, Ximena doesn't hesitate—she's ready to fight. But what happens when the cause you've been fighting for becomes more gray than black and white?


Ximena's job is to be the decoy Condesa, who is the true heir to the Illustrian throne. The Illustrians were recently overpowered by Atoc, the
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

my latina ass wants this so bad especially because of bolivia's current political situation
sarah xoxo
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, arcs
Woven in Moonlight was an impressive debut from Isabel Ibañez.
The fantasy setting, based off Bolivia was refreshing and unique. The atmosphere was enthralling and immersive. Descriptions of the food, clothing and palace made the world tangible.

Woven in Moonlight covers the aftermath of war and the intricacies of morality when nothing is black and white.
There were clear parallels between political and cultural aspects of past and present Bolivia, and the Spanish Inquisitor overthrow of the
Adalyn Grace
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent!! I’m someone who pretty much guesses the twists and turns and who-dun-its of most books or movies I consume. However, trying to figure out who the masked vigilante was kept me guessing, and I devoured this book wanting to see what would happen next! The culture that the author pulls you into is so rich and immersive, I really felt that I was transported into this world. And can we talk about the food? Omg I was so hungry reading this book because of all the amazing food ...more
Adrienne Young
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isabel Ibanez brings a modern story to an ancient world in her debut novel, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT. With immersive prose, original magic, and characters as rich as the Bolivian culture that constructs the story, Ibanez delivers a wholly unique book for the YA shelf.
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Ten years ago, the Llacsans overthrew the Illustrians and took over La Ciudad with an ancient relic filled with powerful magic. Now, as the food stores for the last remaining Illustrians runs dry and their general is missing, the Llacsan king sends a bleak message: the Condesa must marry him, or all Illustrians will die.

It seems bleak, but there is one trick left up their sleeve: Ximena, the decoy Condesa. She will infiltrate La Ciudad, find the relic, and return her people to glory.

This was a
☽ TheBibliotheque
If you think the cover is stunning, wait until you open up this gorgeous book and see what awaits you.

Isabel Ibañez has managed to create not only a lustrous world bathed in moonlight, vibrant scents and dazzling colours but also, she has knocked my socks off with one of the most *beautiful* magic systems I have ever come across. All that woven in the rich Bolivian culture of her very own roots.

Man, was I blown away. I am telling you, you don't want to miss out on this.

But don't be tricked by
The Nerd Daily
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Revenge and rebellion set the stage for the next book I have the privilege of reviewing. Immersed in Bolivian culture, it’s the first fantasy YA story that I’ve gotten to read by an own voices writer. I’m dying for more, not just because of the richness of the culture within the story, but those food descriptions will leave you hungry and wishing you were a citizen of La Ciudad. The story features some strong female characters
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
I'm a simple girl. I read "Moonlight" & "Masked Vigilante" and add it to TBR;)
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
RTC for blog tour. Go order this one!
3.5 stars

My read for the Latinxheritagemonth

Excellent fantasy with gorgeous world building.

Ximena , the decoy queen has to get married to the tyrant king. She has a lot of plans and hate when she goes into King's Castillo. Soon she discovers not everything is black and white.

I picked up the book because of the cover. I didn't even read the description or know that this was an ownvoice Latinx book before requesting. So I couldn't contain my excitement when I was approved and read the
Angela Staudt
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Considering this is the author’s debut I saw from reviews it was good, but I really didn’t I would love it as much as I did. Such a unique and impressive story that is woven throughout with stunning details and the story itself is just amazing. I loved the main characters, especially the “Condesa”, who has to go into enemy territory and marry the fake king Atoc. Watching her character development and grow was intriguing,
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, who stands in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. When the usurper king Atoc demands the Condesa’s hand in marriage, Ximena goes in her stead, determined to use the opportunity to find the ancient relic that Atoc used to summon a ghost army and take the throne years before. But as Ximena gets to know the enemy and starts seeing them as actual individuals, she finds herself questioning what course of action is best for her kingdom – and whether that means ...more
Rating: 4 Stars
Woven In Moonlight is a 2020 YA Political Fantasy debut that NEEDS to be on your 2020 TBR!

Woven In Moonlight ARC Review

I'd been looking forward to this debut for a couple years at this point & being a Latinx YA Fantasy, I was even more hyped to read this book! Now that I've finally finished it, I wish I could go back and re-read it all over again!

Woven In Moonlight is an introspective YA Fantasy following Ximena, a stand-in for her people's true heir! Through an
Sam Robinson
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a unique story with lovable and interesting characters. I love how strong the lead character is! I read A LOT of YA books and some seem to just tell the same story over and over again I get so bored. This was NOT the case here! Woven in Moonlight creates a vivid and interesting world different from what I’ve read before. Looking for a sequel!!!! Also want this author to write more books in general!! Love her!!
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-2020
*won in a BookishFirst giveaway* So I LOVE the cover of this book! Before I read anything about it, I could tell it would at the very least be an interesting book with such an amazingly beautiful cover! Especially after you read the book the cover is not just beautiful but significant in so many ways.

The first part of the book did feel a bit slow for how much (or little) history it went into, but I suppose that's better than the boring info overload lol. I enjoyed that Spanish was thrown in
Nov 23, 2019 is currently reading it
I never knew politics and history would sound so good once they got together with magic, but here I am! Super excited to read this for a blog tour.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woven in Moonlight is a wonderfully magical story, filled with characters that grab your attention and leave you wanting more. I love the world that Isabel has created through the setting and plot. I was drawn in by the strong female characters. Add in a masked stranger, unexpected friendships, and intriguing twists this book was hard to put down and, even once finished, I was wishing for more! It takes a really special book to make it in my "I would reread this" list, but this is definitely one ...more
Rec-It Rachel
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

It's either a hit or miss, and unfortunately it was a miss for me. Typically I gravitate towards YA fantasy novels filled with diverse characters but for whatever reason I wasn't able to resonate with Ximena storyline on becoming a decoy Condesa, the stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal or anything else pertaining to her journey. Despite the great Spanish mythology and cultural setting, I found myself zoning out and re-reading the same paragraph over and over again, it than
Bright Star
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

Woven in Moonlight was such an unique and beautiful story! I loved the Bolivian setting and atmosphere, the story itself and the characters! Our MC is Ximena, a strong woman willing to do anything to save her people, even changing her mind and beliefs in order to do the right thing. I also adored the other characters, and the romance (enemies to lovers, YAS) was amusing and sweet at the same time, and never rushed. Plus, we have a
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Woven in Moonlight is a story about revenge, but not in the conventional sense. When we are motivated by our thirst for vengeance, what happens when we realize that the fuel we hold in our heart only has the possibility to burn our home down? I've been reading a lot of books about characters motivated by their pursuit of revenge, but Woven in Moonlight is a vastly different
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
'I LOVED the idea of incorporating weaving, which is such an expression of Bolivian culture and art, into the story and I kept thinking how awesome it’d be to bring in a dash of magic into the tapestry. From there, I pushed the idea a bit further, and thought, well, what if there were secret messages woven into the tapestry? It’s that thought that brought everything else forward in my mind: the characters, the story and all set against the current political climate in Bolivia.'

Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT is a strong debut and a welcome addition to YA fantasy. The story is set in a fantasy version of historical Bolivia, and the magic in the novel is something I haven't seen before. I loved the descriptions of food and the Quechua words sprinkled throughout (there's a glossary in the back for reference) because I'm fascinated learning about different cultures.
CW: There's quite a bit of violence throughout, so I'd recommend this for mature teens.
Thank you to the author for
4.75/5 stars!

Look, I'm just gonna say it. GO READ THIS BOOK! You will not be disappointed!

This was such a fantastically written political fantasy novel, and is deeply rooted in Bolivian politics. It also tackles many issues that people face even now in the world. The magic system is very unique. It's shown to the reader where we don't get all the answers, but there are many pieces that can easily fit together to get us to understand how it works. I find it to be a subtle magic system instead of
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It has such amazing character development, told a story that kept my attention and was like nothing else I’ve ever read. I am not typically a fantasy or YA reader but this surpassed my expectations and was so enjoyable and well-written. Cannot recommend highly enough! I hope there’s a sequel!
Megan ❀
This cover is EVERYTHING
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Isabel Ibañezwas born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian
immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a
Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and
friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her
husband, their adorable dog, and a serious